From the Superintendent



In my letter last week I talked about some of the plans outlined in Gov. Kasich’s State of the State speech to improve prospects for those who need extra help getting a high school diploma.

One million Ohioans have never graduated from high school, and we are adding roughly 24,000 youngsters to their ranks each year. We must look for new strategies to stop that flow and, at the same time, whittle down the number of adults without a diploma.

The governor’s Mid-Biennium Review proposes several of these strategies. They include drawing adults back into diploma programs and helping at-risk girls and boys stay in school through identification, community-based mentoring and earlier access to career-technical education.

Every Ohioan deserves the flexibility to earn a high school diploma in a way that fits their unique circumstances, strengths and interests. New alternative diploma pathways that would result from the governor’s strategies can help make that happen.

Get details here on the proposed legislation.

Thank you for all you do for the boys and girls of Ohio.


Dr. Richard A. Ross
Superintendent of Public Instruction